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Virtual Lecture - The Great Chicago FIre

Sunday, October 17, 2021
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. CDT
Free; Advance reservations required by October 14, 2021

This October marks 150 years since the Great Chicago Fire. Join us for a talk with historian Carl Smith about this historic disaster which destroyed three square miles of downtown and left 90,000 residents homeless. His talk is based on his recent book Chicago’s Great Fire: The Destruction and Resurrection of an Iconic American City which the Chicago Tribune describes as “the best book ever written about the fire, a work of deep scholarship…that reads with the forceful narrative of a fine novel. It puts the fire and its aftermath in historical, political, and social context.” Carl Smith is Franklin Bliss Snyder Professor of English and American Studies and Professor of History, Emeritus at Northwestern University.